Credit card, check or cash transactions at the department or grocery store could be a thing of the past, if Pay By Touch takes off the way its marketers envision.

The technology allows a store's customers to simply punch in a security code and then put their finger on a reader pad. The reader tells the store if the fingerprint matches the one on file and swoosh, money debits from an account into the store's account.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel news story about the service says it's gaining acceptance among a department store's customers who don't want the hassle of always carrying a wallet or a purse with them to the store.

Customers merely have to remember a special security code that alerts the computer which index finger print to search for.

One department store, Jewel-Osco, began offering the service last year and already has 56,000 customers signed up for it.

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